Today, I have something very interesting for you all. STORY OF TELL- a collection by recently launched label, Blankslate.
Conceptualised by designer Snigdha Seksaria, an alumni of NIFT Kolkata, this collection takes us back into the deep recesses of our mind.
Check it out. 🙂
Outer world versus inner world, conformity versus resistance, society versus the individual.
This collection taps into the grey area between inner reality and outer conformism.
It is a peek into an artist’s mind left free to roam in a fast-paced city, an inner battle raging on, the embroiderer’s machine whirring and zig-zagging, simultaneously capturing this frantic clash in hashes and cross hashes.
What I love about the collection is that the garments are very wearable. In the designer’s own words, “(she) aims to bridge the gap between high fashion and ready-to-wear, offering varied luxury products at affordable price points.”You have your signature white shirt, but with embroidery and detailing that takes it a couple of notches higher into the realm of handmade couture.A passionate affair between the classic and the couture, its genius lies in the embodiment of this fantastic dissonance. One that brings to mind the gasps and breaths and racing minds of a stolen quickie in a pub stall. Brought to life on virginal silhouettes. The signature “lip” motif adds to the frenzied moment conjured by the artist.
“The collection consists of comfortable separates for a fun twist on formal-wear, almost like a pun on the seeming seriousness of occasion wear. The colour palette is monochromatic and earthy with the objective of letting the graphics be the hero. There are occasional pops of colour in the form of the bright red lips as a signature element in the collection.”
“…there is a lot of interplay between realistic visions and word/textual references combined with geometry-governed line art.”
“Her interest in the arts, combined with her love for detailing helps her create eclectic clothes that reflect a fresh take on women’s fashion in India.”
There is something about designers who choose to follow an idea from start to finish. To continue the story from the first flashing of a light bulb right up till the silhouette is perfectly seamed and finished and tagged and steam-ironed, hung up on hangers in vintage stores, ready to perused by art-lovers and fashionistas alike.
Embroidered art, almost a first of its kind on formal, classic silhouettes, brings to mind an edge where contrasting elements meet to create a story that is at once bizarre and beautiful. Of design that is inherently pure at its roots.
Like I always say, discover who you are. And wear it. Because we’re stories. Our pasts, our futures, our minds and our thoughts. And if we translate our mind into our clothes, we’re able to complete a narrative. To truly and honestly present ourselves as we really are. To package and brand ourselves as us and nothing else. The original, beautiful and one-of-a-kind us. And this thought, believe it or not, gives more credit to your mind and its infinite possibility than you’d ever think.
Just like your choice of career expresses who you are, so could your choice of clothing.
So open your minds to the work of artist-designers like Snigdha, who fabricate brilliant artworks from their racing minds, and then apply it to quintessential silhouettes.To create design that’s powerful yet aesthetic.
All in all, Story of Tell by Blankslate is a collection crafted in poetry from start to finish. An unabashed reminder of our minds and what happens in it as we struggle to fight the demons of instinct.
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About the Designer
Snigdha Seksaria forayed into the world of Fashion Design with four years of formal training at NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology). She graduated as gold medalist achiever at the top of her batch from NIFT Kolkata in 2013.
Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design, she set out to fine-tune her skill sets through her work experience with veteran designer Anamika Khanna. Her previous stint with retail giant Arvind Lifestyle Brands gave her an insight into industry technicalities enabling her to grasp the various differences between retail clothing for the masses and exclusive couture designer-wear for individuals.
These experiences left a lasting influence on her aesthetics moulding her design sense to a new direction.
She launched Blankslate in early 2016 to pursue her love for wearable art.
Designing at the nexus of artistic purity and intellectual simplicity, her clothes put forward a compelling, strong and authentic brand narrative ready to be embraced by all.
Thank you and watch this space for more on new designers, thoughtful design, independent dressers and anything else that manages to move this mind of mine.